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hard to believe twitter turns 7 years old today. 200 million followers post 400 million tweets every day. we've seen the rise and fall of trends, celebrities, and major news events all in 140 characters or less. like this photo of survivors of the u.s. airways flight that crashed into the hudson river back in 2009. remember that? it was snapped by janice krumm, a commuter on a nearby ferry. one of the first images the world saw on a crash. then famous iconic voice of the aflac duck was fired for tweeting jokes about japan weeks this was the tweet, i was talking to my japanese real estate agent, i said is there a school in this area, she said, not now, but just wait. may 2, 2011, an i.t. consultant inadvertently tweeted helicopter hovering above abbottabad at
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1:00 a.m. is a rare event. anthony weiner famously stepped down as a congressman after tweeting this shirtless photo and more to a female follower. at first he said his twitter account was hacked, but eventually fessed up. and president obama posting this photo with the first lady after he won reelection just last november. november. it was the most retweeted tweet. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com all right, rumors of jimmy fallon taking over for jay leno. jimmy kimmel weighs in on "the lead" with jake tapper, but first "news nation" with don lemon starts right now. he's tweeting, too. live during this show, a man
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convicted of killing a rabbi could run free and prosecutors say it's the right move. >> i was a passenger on a extremely devastating one-car accident. >> supermodel nikki taylor thanks the people who saved her life. plus, the ceo of xerox suggests. my hot topics panel weighs in. curing cancer, find out why dream teams of scientists are closer than ever. >> hello, everyone, i'm don lemon. in one hour, a new york judge may free a man convicted 22 years ago for a murder many believed he did not commit. among the believers, not just defense attorneys, but the brooklyn d.a., who is going before the court today to ask for the release of this man, who was convicted in 1991 for the murder of rabbi warsburger, who was 58 years old. a reporter survivor of auschwitz
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and champion for jews in brooklyn. a robber gunned him down and got away in his car. detectives say they had rantas' confession, eyewitnesss, and more. but as the d.a. began digging, he determined ranta was the wrong man. mary snow is in brooklyn. mary, how did this case fall apart? >> reporter: well, really, don, the turning point and what set this in motion was an eyewitness who identified david ranta in a police lineup came forward two years ago to say that he was told by police who to pick. he was 13 at the time of that lineup. he phoned to say it was weighing on him and a police detective had told him, this is his words, to pick the guy with the big nose. the attorney for david ranta then went to the brooklyn d.a.'s
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office relaying this information to the conviction integrity unit. they were looking to review cases. they took up this case, and in their investigation, they say they found two other witnesses who admitted lying, and they found holes in the police work. now, the chief detective in the case at the time, his name is lewis scarcella, and he is now retired. we caught up with him a short time ago to ask him about claims david ranta was framed. here's what he had to say. >> ma'am, i didn't do anything wrong. i stand by my investigation, and i don't know what else to tell you. >> reporter: he would only speak to us briefly, don, but he says that he secured a confession from david ranta at the time. he says he stands by that, but ranta and his attorney says ranta never made any confession and always maintained his
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innocence. don? >> the obvious question, who do investigators think killed rabbi werzberger? >> reporter: they have a lead, but the bottom line is we may never know with 100% certainty. here's why. a woman came forward in the 1990s and said that her husband had confessed to killing the rabbi, but her husband was killed in a car accident shortly after the murder. the police investigators and prosecutors say that they have no evidence to contradict what she's saying, but no evidence to prove what she's saying. and that information that she came forward with was used in a hearing in 1996. there was some credibility, questions that came into play, and the conviction of david ranta, obviously, wasn't overturned there and his lawyers said he thought david ranta was going to die in prison and believed him all the way along he was innocent. >> mary snow in brooklyn, thank
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you very much for your reporting. at any minute president obama will be honored in jerusalem. this comes on the heels of a very frank address to the jewish state as a whole where he seemed to be speaking as an older brother, dispensing advice to a sibling. over and over the president said, i'm with you, have no doubt about this. but this was his bottom li. >> the only way for israel to endure and thrive as a jewish and democratic state is through the realization of an independent and viable palestine. >> the president said the palestinian people must have a state of their own, just as the jewish people do. and for that, he got a sustained applause. in jerusalem. cnn's john king is with us from jerusal jerusalem. seemed the president selected his audience well. >> reporter: smart politics, don. the president bringing to israel some of the personal style we've
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seen on the political campaign trail and the policy campaign trail, if you will, back home. traditionally, an american president visits and goes into the parliament. what would be in there? older people, right? older people. no offense to older people, but the president's trying to put pressure on the poll tigs. he said flat out, i'm a politician, we don't do risky things unless we get pressure from the people. he's trying to rally the younger generation of the israelis, who was interested. he was getting applause from young israelis. he's trying to get them to put pressure on their prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, a conservative, somebody unwilling to say stop settlement building. rise up to your government and said, we want a new israel, different israel. don, we could talk an hour about the obstacles of peace, but nudge your side to move forward, hopefully young palestinians will nudge their side. might say the president trying a new grassroots approach here in israel. >> i want you to listen to this,
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john, again. he spoke of a meeting he had with palestinian youth. >> talking to them, they weren't that different from my daughters. they weren't that different from your daughters. or sons. i honestly believe that if any israeli parent sat down with those kids, they'd say, i want these kids to succeed. i want them to prosper. i want them to have opportunities. >> john king, that's all well and good, lovely words, but let's talk about actions, specifically this. iraq has fired at israel today during the president's visit. fired, in fact, from gaza, whose palestinian leaders refuse to accept israel's right to exist. despite the applause the president got, his new offensive, as you said, new approach is use offensive. a lot of israelis will say this is our reality, correct?
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>> reporter: they would, don. they would say this is our reality, rockets fired in from gaza, controlled by hamas, a palestinian fraction that says israel has no right to exist. palestinians would say, you keep building settlements in the west bank, that's way beyond the borders. you keep building highways that go right through our communities so you connect jewish communities. the israelis point to rockets, palestinians point to construction. both sides have their reasons, but both sides have their objections to getting back to the bargaining table and making the concessions necessary for peace. what is the president trying to do? not talk to the politicians, but parents. next week, no, next month, probably not, but the president's trying to change the dynamic and get people to stop talking about it in a political term, land for peace, settlement, rockets that have dropped progress in the past, but start a new conversation.
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>> all right, john king in jerusalem, thank you very much. politics now. politics gave way to raw emotion today as vice president joe biden, new york mayor michael bloomberg, and the families of the newtown massacre pushed for tighter gun control. >> my son jesse's life was taken by a cowardly deranged person with an assault weapon. no child deserves to be murdered or brutally slaughtered the way these children were. and quite honestly, i'm really ashamed to see the congress doesn't have the guts to stand up and make a change and put a ban on these type of weapons and universal background checks. >> in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, there was a sense of what happened in our town might be a tipping point, and
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that real meaningful progress in the area of gun safety might result. and we know that a lot of good people are working very hard to try to make this happen, and we thank them for that. we'd ask everyone who has power to influence legislation in this area and, of course, those whose job it is to vote on the legislation to ask themselves if they are doing enough to bring about real and meaningful change, and if they are not, to ask themselves, why not? >> well, the white house has been urging congress to pass an assault weapons ban, but senate democrats dropped it this week from the gun control package that will be debated on the senate floor next month. >> three months ago a deranged man walked into sandy hook elementary school with a weapon of war. that's what we walked in with, with a weapon of war.
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and that weapon of war has no place on american streets. and taking it off american streets has no impact on one's constitutional right to own a weapon. no less than justice scalia acknowledged the government has a right. >> vice president says that the will of the people will prevail and he reminded the room that the original ten-year assaults weapon ban had long been written off long before it eventually had been adopted in 1994. days after a judge convicted two high school football players of rape, another town, another case of alleged rape. and this time the victim was called a whore and a snitch. we're on the case next. [ male announcer ] this is bob,
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rape, smalltown police under national scrutiny, and the alleged victim under fire. we're not talking steubenville, ohio, this is in connecticut. these two 18-year-olds, there they are, edward gonzalez and johan taribio. some big differences, though, from steubenville. the players are charged as adults and this is an apparent case of statutory rape. we're going to talk about this. on the case with attorney and anchor of hln's "evening express," ryan smith, defense attorney joey jackson are here. brothers back on the koump to talk about very serious things. you first, explain statutory rape and how that's vastly different from what happened in steubenville. >> it's vastly different for this reason, the law gives you a certain age upon when you can't consent. when you're 13 years old, you don't have the legal capacity to
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say, okay. even if you do say it's okay, the law says you don't know enough, and therefore, it's not okay. >> ryan, just like in steub steubenville, social media is playing a part in this, some say revictimizing the alleged victim here. here's one of the tweets, even if it was all his fault, what was a 13-year-old girl doing hanging around with 18-year-old guys? tough on the victim. >> yeah, it does. you know, it gives them a sense of what really happened. they are going to investigate and look into everything and social media gives them certain leads. when you see comments like that, you say they don't understand what happened here. as joey said, that 13 year old cannot consent. they are not at the age where they can consent. it's not about hanging out with somebody, it's about the fact these young boys, if, in fact, they are guilty, should not have done this. >> let's talk about the culture of athletes, especially football
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players. what does it say about the culture among young people, is that a factor here? >> i think in the responses it's a little bit of a factor. maybe people are responding, oh, these guys are such great players, how can we take their youth away from them? it's not about that, this is a crime if they are found guilty. i don't look at this is doing something to football. not all football players are bad people, we know that. i played football. here you've got a situation where people don't understand this is a crime. >> joey, he brings up a good point, because when, you know, yeah, you may be great on the football field or basketball court, but when you're home, you're my child. is there something that the parents aren't doing with these particular young people? >> you know what, don, i think it takes an entire community. certainly, starts at home. when you're a parent, you want to make sure your children know right from wrong, male, female,
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anyone else. of course, it carries over into schools with teachers who are constructive, give constructive criticism, because at the end of the day, it's about protecting our children and our community. >> thank you. great conversation. on a lighter note, purple and lavender. >> tried to arrange it with you. >> next time, don, three brothers on a couch, now two. thank you, guys, appreciate it. we have to get to israel now, shimon peres speaking at his private residence. let's listen in. >> from here, i want to convey our love to the south along gaza. and continue to plans, raise
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their children, it is an inspiration to each of us. today the enemies of peace spoke in the only language they know, the language of terror. i am convinced that together we shall defeat them. dear barack, your visit here is a historic event. we are so happy to receive you and your distinguished delegation. i'm glad to see secretary john kerry, john, i know you are and i know you will be successful. i'm not sure that the prophets have had idols, but if they
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have, they would have said actually he has said, and in that occasion, and i'm quoting him. how beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation. well, you have to be satisfied with my diet language. i cannot speak like him. it is my privilege to present you with our country's highest honor, the medal of distinction. this award speaks to you, to your tireless work to make
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israel strong, to make peace possible. your presidency has given the closest ties between israel and the united states a new height, a sense of intimacy, a vision for the future. the people of israel are particularly moved by your unforgettable contribution to their security. you're defending our skies. to your relegation and to remain intelligence, which is the right way to preempt bloodshed. the diplomatic and military bonds between us have reached an unprecedented level. when i visited you in washington, i thought in my
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heart, america is so great, and we are so small. i learned that you don't measure us by size, but by values. thank you. when it comes to values, we are you and you are us. on occasions when we were alone, you stood with us, so we are not alone. we are alone together. we shall never forget it. during your previous visit to israel, you asked me if i had any advice to offer. well, it's not my nature not to let questions go unanswered. so, i suggested that while people say that the future belongs to the young, it is the
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present that really belongs to the young. leave the future to me. i have time. [ applause ] i think i was right. because the moment you came into office, you immediately had to face daunting and demanding challenges day in, day out. i prayed that you would meet them with wisdom and determination. without losing hope, without allowing others to lose hope. you know, the prayers were answered after it came from jerusalem and they came to us as a great message. it is a tribute to the strength
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of your character, to your principles that you have never surrendered to hopelessness. you stood and stand firmly by your vision. your values serve your nation, they serve our nation, as well. so, i know that you will never stop to strive for a better world, as you say today -- we have reached heritage. as i look back, i feel that the israel of today has exceeded the vision you have had 65 years ago. the reality has surpassed the dreams. the united states of america helped us to make this possible. still, the path to tomorrow may
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be fought with obstacles. i believe that we can overcome them by our determination and by your commitment. i'm convinced that you will do whatever is necessary to free the world's horizons and disguise jerusalem from the iranian threat. iran denies the shara and calls for a new one. iran is building a nuclear bomb. the iranian regime is the greatest danger to the world peace. time and again, peace, prosperity, and stable society cannot flourish when threats and belligerentcy abound. ladies and gentlemen, tonight,
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the iranian people are celebrating their new year. i wish them, from the depths of my heart, a happy holiday and a year of freedom. israel will seize any opportunity for peace. being small, we have to maintain our edge. i know that you responded and will respond to it. the strengths of israel is its defense forces. therefore, the ability to seek peace. and north america has contributed to israel's security is the best guarantee to end the march of fury, the march of terror and bloodshed. we march with admiration the way you lead the united states of america, the way you stayed true, time and again, to your
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bonds of friendship with us. your commitment indeed speaks volumes about the principles that guides america to strive for freedom and democracy at home, but also all over the world. you send the boys to fight for the freedom of us. what is uplifting is that the united states brought freedom not only unto its own people, but never stops and never will stop to help other people to become free. your present democracy at its best, you have deepened its meaning, namely, that democracy is not just the right to be equal, but the equal right to be different. the democracy is not just a free
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expression, but is self expression, as well. you exemplify the spirit of democracy by striving for justice and equality and opportunity in the american society and the world has now become global and yet remains individual, and you offer those principles. you have shown global responsibility and individual sensitivity. on monday night, mr. president, we shall celebrate passover, the festival of freedom, the celebration of spring. the celebration of spring means our journey from the house of slaves to the home of the free. this started more than 3,000 years ago. we remember it every year.
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we are commended to feel as though each of us personality participated in the journey. we shall not forget where we came from. we shall remember always where we are headed to, which is to make the promise land a land of promise, a land of freedom, justice, and equality. while reality calls for vigilance, passover calls to remain believers. israel is an island in a stormy sea. we have to make our island safe and wish the sea will become tranquil. we converted our desert into a garden. it was achieved by our people
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and the potential of science. what we have done, mr. president, can be done all over the middle east, as we have rightly said tonight. israel is described as a start-up nation. the middle east can become a start-up region. dear president, you noted in your address today that peace is the greatest hope for the human being. i share your vision. your call to reopen the way for the implementation of the two-state solution agreed by all of us. as you said, a jewish state, israel, an arab state, palestine. if i'm not wrong, next year seats our prime minister, he was
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just reelected. he opened his address by reiterating his commitment to the two-state solution. dear friends, i have seen in my life i have the right to believe that peace is attainable. as you felt today, i know, this is the deep conviction of our people. with our resolve and your support, dear barack obama, we shall win and it will happen. mr. president, i'm privileged to bestow upon you the medal of distinction. it was recommended by a committee of seven permanent israeli citizens, headed by our
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former chief of justice, and includes our former president. it was my view to be glad to accept their recommendation. you inspired the world with your leadership. from a grateful nation to a very great leader. god bless america. god bless israel. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you, president peres. i now have the privilege to
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advise the president of the united states, honorable barack obama, to receive the presidential award of distinction from the president of the state of israel, his excellency, shimon peres. and now we will begin the confirment ceremony of the presidential award of distinction. please, be seated. president obama has been nominated for this award for the following reasons. barack obama served as the 44th president of the united states of america. he was elected to his first term in 2008, capturing the world attention and the heart of the american people. in 2012 he was elected to a second term. barack obama's presidency has been distinguished by his need
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to lead an ongoing fight for equality in the united states of america and for the promotion of democratic values, human rights, solidarity, and peace all over the world. in 2009, he was awarded the nobel prize for his special contribution and effort to strengthen national diplomacy and cooperation of people. through his personal story and agenda as president of the united states, barack obama served as the beacon of democratic values and exemplifies the spirit of equal opportunity in america, inspiring people all over the world. president obama has made a unique and significant contribution to the security of the state of israel, both through further strengthening the strategic cooperation between the countries and the joint development of technology to defend civilian populations
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against missiles and terrorism. the iran drone system is a prominent example of his cooperation, saving lives of many and ensuring the safety of citizens all over israel. for these reasons, shimon peres, president of the state of israel, will confirm barack obama, president of the united states of america, the highest civilian award of the state of israel, the presidential medal of distinction. [ applause ]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please, raise a glass with the presidents. >> to the united states of america and the president of the united states, a great friend of israel. >> thank you, president peveres you may now go back to your seat. just don't drink too much. now, ladies and gentlemen, i have the honor to invite our guest, the president of the united states of america, barack obama, to deliver his remarks. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you so much.
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thank you. thank you very much. thank you so much. president peres, prime minister netanyahu, first lady sarah, distinguished guests and friends, this is an extraordinary honor for me, and i could not be more deeply moved. and i have to say after the incredible welcome i've received over the last two days and the warmth of the israeli people, the tribute from president peres, the honor of this medal, i mean, as you say -- [ speaking in a foreign language ] [ applause ] now, i'm told that it's taught you shouldn't pronounce all the praises of a person in their
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presence, and mr. president, if i praised all the chapters of your remarkable life, then we would be here all night, so, let me simply say this about our gracious host. mr. president, the state of israel has been the cause of your life, through bitter wars and fragile peace, through hardship and prosperity, you've built her, you've cared for her, you've strengthened her, you've nurtured the next generation, who will inherit her. these giants are left us, only you are with us still. the founding father in our midst, and we are so grateful for your vision, your friendship, but most of all, for your example. including the example of your extraordinary vitality every time i see your president, i ask him who his doctor is.
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we all want to know the secret, so with gratitude for your life and your service, and as you prepare to celebrate your 90th birthday this summer, and since i'm starting to get pretty good at hebrew, let me propose a toast, even though you've taken away my wine. come on. bring another one. [ applause ] so -- a toast -- [ speaking in a foreign language ] that's good wine. we'll just -- actually, you know, we should probably get this out of the photograph. all these people will say i'm having too much fun in israel.
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just a few more words, mr. president. you mentioned this medal is presented in recognition of progress towards ideals of quality, opportunity, and justice, but i am mindful that i stand here tonight because of so many others, including the example in the sacrifices of the jewish people. in a few days, as we do, will break and hide a piece of matzah. it's a great way to entertain the kids, malia and sasha, even though they are getting older, they still enjoy it, and there's lots of good places to hide it in the white house. but on a much deeper level, it speaks to the scope of our human experience, how parts of our lives can be broken, while other parts can be elusive, how we can never give up searching for the things that make us whole. and few know this better than the jewish people.
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after slavery and decades in the wilderness and moses gone, the future of the israelites was in doubt, but with joshua as their guide, they pushed on to victory. after the first temple was destroyed, it seemed israel was lost, but with courage and resolve, the second temple reestablished the jewish presence. after centuries of persecution and problems, the shoah aimed to eliminate the entire jewish people, but the gates of the camps flew open. there emerged the ultimate rebuke to hate and to ignorance, survivors would live and love again. when the moment of israel's independence was met by aggression on all sides, it was unclear whether this nation would survive, but with heroism and sacrifice, the state of israel not only endured, but thrived. and during six days in june and
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yom kippur one october, it seemed all you had built might be lost, but when the guns fell silent, it was clear the nation of israel lives. as i said in my speech earlier today, this story from slavery to salvation, of overcoming even the most overwhelming odds, is a message that's inspired the world. that includes jewish americans, but also african-americans, who have so often had to deal with their own challenges, but with whom you have stood shoulder-to-shoulder. african-americans and jewish-americans march together at selman, montgomery, freedom rides together, bled together, gave their lives together. jewish-americans like michael goldman alongside african-american james cheney. because of their sacrifice, because of the struggle of generations in both our countries, we can come together
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tonight in freedom and in security. so, if i can paraphrase the psalm, they turned our mourning into dancing, they changed our sack cloths into robes of joy. this evening, i'd like to close with the words of two leaders who brought us some of these joy, rabbi abraham joshua keshel was born in poland and lost his mother and sister to the nazis. he came to america, he raised his voice for social justice, he marched with martin luther king, and he spoke of the state of israel in words that can well describe the war of equality in america. our very existence is a witness that man must live toward redemption, he said. and that history is not always made by man alone. rabbi prince was born in germany, expelled by the nazis and found refuge in america. he built support for the new state of israel. and on that august day in 1963,
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he joined dr. king at the march on washington. and this is what rabbi prince said to the crowd, in the realm of the spirit, our father has taught us thousands of years ago that when god created man, he created him as everybody's neighbor. neighbor is not a geographic concept, it is a moral concept. it means our collective responsibility for the preservation of man's dignity and integrity. president peres, prime minister netanyahu, friends, our very existence, our presence here tonight, is a testament that all things are possible, even those things that in moments of darkness and doubt may seem elusive. the stories of our peoples teach us to never stop searching for the things that justice and the peace that make us whole, and so as we go forward together with confidence, we'll know that while our countries may be
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separated by a great ocean, in the realm of the spirit, we will always be neighbors and friends. i very humbly accept this award, understanding that i'm accepting it on behalf of the american people, who are joined together with you. may god bless you and may he watch over our two great nations. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> president of the united states, barack obama, receiving the highest award -- highest honor that you can receive in israel, it is the presidential medal of distinction. receiving that medal from president of israel, shimo shimon peres. the president of israel says mr. obama received that award because of his friendship with the israeli people, because of his support for the two-state solution, because of his support for the iran dome missile defense system, and because of his promotion of peace across the world. in mr. peres's words, culminate
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in the 2009 nobel peace prize. president joking saying he's getting much better speaking yidish and ending saying "here's to life." we're back with our hot topics panel here on cnn in just a moment. for your first day? yeah. ♪ dad: you'll be fine, ok? girl: ok. dad: you look so pretty. ♪ i'm overprotective. that's why i got a subaru.
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all righty, time for the buzz stories here on cnn. for the next ten minutes, we're going to get into the hot topics of the day. so, with that said, i've got to ask, is america obsessed with murder? is america obsessed with murder? i think we might be. here's why i ask. the jodi arias trial that's happening right now, she is the woman who viciously killed her ex-boyfriend in what she now says was self defense. guess what, ratings are soaring at our sister network, hln, which is showing the trial. then the casey anthony trial, anthony was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter. wasn't america tuned in for the whole thing?
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i don't know. many americans watch forensic files, csi. one of the most-watched trials in history, remember the o.j. simpson trial? and now fox hopes to cash in on that cash with a series called "the run of his life: the people versus o.j. simpson." it's based on jeffrey toobin's book of the same name. the show will go behind the scenes of the trial of the century. to talk about this now, my crew is back. changes sometimes. some of the boos weren't here earlier in the week. author and fitness expert, donna richardson joyner, peter shankman, and social media consultant at the geek factory, and from the dede in the morning show, dede mcguire. dede, you better behave this time. >> i am. >> david beckno, host of the social media show "news breaker." >> hey, don. >> thanks to all of you for hearing that. dede, i'll start with you.
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are we obsessed with murder? we're not hating on our sister network hln, rising tides lift all boats. ratings are soaring, people are tuning in. >> i think what we're obsessed with is real life. what really happens is that you get a chance to look at somebody else's life and think to yourself, my life isn't so bad, right? you know what i mean, you're looking at somebody else, they did that and oh, my gosh, it makes us feel better about our own lives. we go, i'm really not doing so bad, am i? i didn't lose my mind. >> does seem to be a certain fascination with murder. i remember back in the '90s, i was a novice in news when the whole o.j. simpson thing started. there were shows that were created around the o.j. simpson try, knocked some of the soap operas off the air. >> i remember sitting in my parents' bed in new york city watching the trial and watching him run, on the phone with my friend, we didn't have twitter back then. i think we love the immediacy of
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it. it's the reason we watch car chases, we want to see the crash. we love that as society, it's breaking news, it's hot. 20-something years later the o.j. simpson story still fascinates us, both from his slow speed chase, as well as a huge miscarriage of justice. >> donna, you know, you're absolutely right about that, but donna, we see the trials with these beautiful young women, i mean, o.j. simpson, obviously, was not a beautiful young woman. >> haven't we had enough of this, though? even with o.j., that was in 1995, and then it televised for 134 days, but i will confess, if they do do the movie and he plays himself, i will definitely tune in, because he is a hell of an actor. >> you said it. >> we haven't seen enough. >> do you agree with donna, enough is enough, or do you understand the fascination? >> no. look at the numbers. hln's doing a brilliant thing, a
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mock jury at night. we love a train wreck, she looks good, then she goes and allegedly kills her boyfriend. no, we love it. this is not csi, this is real life. and the numbers show it, people want to see it. >> all right. okay, thursday boo crew, stand by. up next, a top female ceo says women who want to get ahead at work should marry someone 20 years older. this is the smartest woman i know. i'm going to weigh in on this one. her advice doesn't end there. mine either. back in a moment. for the first week... i'm like...yeah, ok... little did i know that one week later i wasn't smoking. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of depression
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all right. we're talking trending topics here. the boo crew is back. guys, remember we were talking about the ceo sheryl sandberg telling women to lean in, they need to be more powerful if they want to run fortune 500 companies. okay, now the ceo of xerox, ursula burns, first african-american female to head up a fortune 500 company, is saying you know what, if you really want to have it all, ladies, you should go for an older man, marry someone 20 years older than you, 20 years your senior. she said it half jokingly at an awards dinner on tuesday, but she said when her husband retired, it gave her room to advance her career. dede, should we all get older boos? >> no. as much i'm proud of her, no.
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let me say this, i dated a man who was ten years older, and i was ambitious, but i was so bored going up that ladder. here's the thing, what she's really saying is, get yourself a wife almost is what she's saying. i have a younger husband. wait, in a life partner, what you need is somebody who's supportive of your dreams and goals. >> i don't know if i buy that. donna, go ahead. >> look, okay, so that's what happened to my marriage, he was only 13 years old? i'm sorry. it's really not about an age. i think you're looking for someone to -- >> donna, you're doing quite well for yourself right now. >> has integrity, good character. >> listen, you said -- can i mention your ex's name? your ex is tom joyner, had you married someone ten years younger than you and didn't have the resources tom joyner had, you might not be in the place you are now. >> wow. >> disagree. >> you have to understand that i
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was already with my own business, with my own name, with my own brand. we actually made each other better. >> yes, absolutely. >> i didn't need him to validate who i was or what my purpose is in life. >> a man your junior is not going to be where you are in life. go ahead, david. >> that's not what she's saying, though. >> here's what i think, i think the advice is good. i think the advice is good. i don't know about 20 years, but if you're going to get paid at that level, you have to have someone with the patience, love, and understanding to stand with you and stand alongside of you. i've dated older. let me tell you, it's good. >> it is good. when you date younger, you get tired of paying for everything. >> no. >> go ahead, peter. >> you're wrong, don. you're wrong. >> i'll say this, i asked my wife about this this morning, she said there is a definite level, we both work, work hard, of course, she also ended it
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with it doesn't matter how much older you are than me, you're still the most immature person i know. no matter what you do, you can't win. >> it's not about the age, it's about your morals, values, and most important for me, personally speaking, that person has to have a relationship with god. >> thank you very much, david, better morals, bigger bank account, and as my mom always told me, my mom says, marry for love the first time, but marry for money the second time and you'll be happier the second time around. you can learn to love them. >> wow. your mom's awesome. thank you. >> dede mcguire, thank you. >> old is better. >> i agree. donna richardson joyner, peter shankman, and david, thank you very much, i appreciate it. very much, i appreciate it. >> thanks, don. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com live during this show, a man convicted of killing a rabbi
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could walk free, and prosecutors say it's the right move. more than 30 years after it launched, the voyager is close to leaving the solar system. plus, an nba rookie suffers from a fear of flying and anxiety. but he says the nba doesn't support mental illness. he joins me live. i was the passenger on an extremely devastating one-car accident. >> supermodel nikki taylor thanks the people who saved her life. it is a top of the hour, everyone, thank you so much for joining us, i'm don lemon in today for brooke. within the past half hour, president barack obama received one of israel's highest honors, the jewish state's medal of distinction. you saw it right here live on cnn. here's the president toasting the man who gave him the award,
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israeli prime minister shimon peres. the president tried out a little hebrew. we're told he said something along the lines with a toast of life. with us now, chief washington correspondent jake tapper joins us. jake, we talked before the president's big speech a little earlier today, pretty frank. here we go. >> the only way for israel to endure and thrive as a jewish and democratic state is through the realization of an independent and viable palestine. >> what struck you about the speech, jake? >> well, interesting at a different moment in the speech he quoted the former prime minister, very conservative prime minister, who's been in a coma for several years, saying something similar to the remark he just made, which is something a professor of mine told me in college back in the '80s, which
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is you have three things that israel can be, jewish, democratic, the size it is now. it cannot be all three of these things. it can be two out of the three, but it cannot be all three. the idea is, in order to remain a jewish democratic state, israel does have to give up some land, and that's what president obama was saying. that struck me, especially his use of ariel sharone's quote. the other interesting thing was he mentioned passover that's coming up next week, and he talked about the story of passover and what was important about that is he was talking about the ancient centuries old claim of jews to the holy land. a lot of arabs do not believe that israel has any right to be there, so it's very important to israelis and jews who support israel that there be some sort of context of a historical claim to the land. those were very interesting moments, i thought. >> jake, i want to switch gears here. a little bit awkward, but you just sat down with jimmy kimmel,
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who's about to get a new late night rival. anything -- what's going on here? >> well, it's interesting. we went to l.a. and sat down with jimmy kimmel. there are now reports they've been brewing for several weeks, that jimmy fallon will replace jay leno when his contract is up in 2014. i asked him about it, if we have that clip. >> already there's talk about mr. leno's departure, although i've read those stories before. >> i know. you read those stories. >> it has to be a direct response to you coming and -- >> god, i hope so. i don't know. i mean, i have no idea. obviously, nbc's looking to move on, because they did it once already. this would be the second time that this has happened. i mean, it makes perfect sense. jimmy fallon is doing a great job and he's very popular. i mean, eventually it's going to happen one way or the other.
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>> now, don, there's tens of millions of dollars at stake here in the late night wars, and, obviously, one of the things going on, first with abc and now nbc playing catchup, there's an effort to go after the younger demographic. both jay leno and david letter less th -- letterman in their 60s. fallon, 48 years old. >> we like the young guys, they give us promise and hope. >> it's a long game they are playing at abc and nbc. >> jake tapper, thank you very much. we'll be watching you at the top of the hour. watch the full interview on "the lead," top of the hour, cnn, 4:00 p.m. eastern. happening right now at any moment, a new york judge may correct what many are calling an injustice made when the first george bush was president. a man convicted of murder of a rabbi in 1991 could go free. the brooklyn d.a. will ask the
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judge to throw out the case of david ranta, accused of killing a rabbi, reported survivor of auschwitz and champion of jews in brooklyn. a robber gunned the rabbi down and got away in his car. detectives say they had ranta's confession, eyewitnesss, and more. later, witnesses said they lied, one even saying a detective told him to i.d. ranta. the detective talked to mary snow. >> ma'am, i didn't do anything wrong. i stand by my investigation, and i don't know what else to tell you. >> reporter: what is your reaction to the fact that this conviction is being likely being overturned? >> well, i really can't talk about that. all i have to say is they let mr. ranta out today, they are going to let him out, it's not a personal thing. i did what i had to do, and i wish him health. >> let's get some legal advice now, cnn legal analyst sunny
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hostin. the prosecutor asking for david ranta to be set free. that shows just how strong the case is that ranta is innocent. >> well, it certainly shows that the government no longer believes it could prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt and the government has real problems with the case. what's special, i think, also about the brooklyn d.a.'s office is it has this conviction integrity unit, and that unit looks at cases like this where the integrity of the conviction has been questioned. and in this case, it has been questioned in a big way. you mentioned, don, there was a witness that said that he was coached to pick this defendant out of a lineup, but more people came forward. there was a woman that came forward that said her dead husband was actually the killer. there was also someone who said, listen, i testified because i thought i was going to get a better deal myself, someone that was already in prison, a cooperating witness. so, you have witness after witness after witness coming forward and saying, you know,
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this was a real problem. this is what you want from the government, right, you want your government, if a mistake has been made, to correct that mistake. >> this is another instance, sunny, that shows how eyewitness testimony can be unreliable. >> yeah, that's right. i know i'm one that always was a bit uncomfortable with only relying upon eyewitness testimony in a case. that's why with the csi effect, most prosecutors and most jurors, quite frankly, want something more than someone saying i saw it. they want the dna evidence, they want the fingerprints, but this case did have, not one, not two, but several eyewitnesss who said this was the guy. but it turns out, perhaps, that this wasn't the right person. >> sunny, if he is set free, does he have a case to sue several courts upheld his guilt over the years? >> it's something that we see often. we see folks that have been
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wrongfully convicted and they do bring suit. and there are funds that have been set aside for these kinds of cases, so i suspect what's first on his mind is being freed, but i also suspect down the line a lawsuit we may see. >> sunny hostin, thank you very much. appreciate that. the city of chicago says it has no choice, its schools are running a deficit of a billion dollars, that's just the schools. so, it plans to close 50. largest single school closure in recent memory anywhere. needless to say, a lot of folks in chicago aren't happy about this, right? >> you know this story, don. you grew up in chicago, you covered school issues. it's a big deal, very divisive story in the sense that there are a lot of people who are worried this is going to hit mostly african-american communities. the city's south side. we haven't seen the list yet. the list is supposed to come out today at 5:30.
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look, a lot of people are anticipating this list, they think it's going to hit the south side hard. >> they were saying possibly in the beginning of the school year they were saying they were going to close 80 to 100 schools and they may have gotten off easy this time because it's only 50 schools, but this is the single largest school closure in one year ever recorded. >> we're talking about again the third largest public school system in the country. >> you talked about the south side. south and west sides, mostly african-american. that's where african-americans live in chicago. the alderman in chicago run the city. >> got a lot of power. >> many of the aldermen are not happy about this. they are saying we helped elect you, mayor emanuel, you didn't consult with us. now you're going against the very people who helped you. >> several of the aldermen are starting to speak up. they were contacted, given the heads up certain schools would close. a lot of the affiliates there in chicago have been trying to reach them, they haven't had a
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lot of success, but we are starting to get some indication, yeah, this is going to hit the south side. >> what are the parents saying? >> parents are upset, outraged, according to one person, taking investment out of certain neighborhoods that need investment. i think we have some sound bytes of people. we can talk about it on the other side. >> i think it's a bit ridiculous. >> any part of chicago that's trying to rebuild, the neighborhood is important. if you take them out of where they live, what does that say to the child? >> that's it. what does it say to the child? that's what parents are concerned about. >> mayor has to do something, though, a billion dollar deficit just with the schools. >> right. the plan usually, you find school closures every year. in this case, it's a large number of schools and from what we can understand, the mayor is saying for the next five years, there will be no school
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closures. look, it's got a lot of people concerned, a lot is still unclear. people want to know, look, if i have to take my kids to another school, will there be a school bus, do i have to drive my child to the school, do i have the means to do it, or do i have to put my child on a city bus. >> how do you keep them safe, and on top of keeping them safe, chicago is a huge gun and violence problem that has been plaguing the public schools there. on top of that, how do you do it if you already have a billion dollar budget deficit? >> right. it's a big issue. a side story that i've been covering is the death of this 6-month-old girl on chicago's south side. yeah, security, safety, is a big issue and parents are concerned if they have to put their child on a city bus. >> i don't know what neighborhood my child is going to. i don't know about that neighborhood. i know about my neighborhood. >> 5:30 eastern time we should see a press conference there in chicago. we are anticipating, expecting,
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to see that list. >> this is a done deal, 50 schools, right? >> this is the recommendation by the school ceo. they will vote on it in the next few weeks, but this is the first recommendation and a lot of people are hot and angry about it. >> 70 schools affected when you look at staff from other schools. 70 schools total possible affected by this. thank you very much. appreciate that. put your ipod down for just one second and focus on the time when you listened to your favorite music on records. remember that? some of you don't. adding 25 recordings to its registry, including some of the biggest names in music over the past 70 years. next we'll tell you some of the all-time hits that made that list. so do you guys think being fast is better than being slow?
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a hunger strike at guantanamo bay is getting so bad that some detainees are being force fed through feeding tubes. last week 14 suspected terrorists were starving themselves. today that number has grown to 24. >> force feeding, we have eight of the detainees that present themselves daily, calmly, and
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totally in a cooperative way to be fed through a tube. we also know they are eating when they are in their cells. i think that's in their case just their attempt at some level of resistance. >> resistance for what some say is a broken promise made more than four years ago. >> in order to affect the appropriate effect of individuals detained by the department of defense at guantanamo and promptly to close the detention facility at guantanamo consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the united states and interest of justice i hereby order. >> barbara star, pentagon correspondent, is at the pentagon and sunny hostin is in new york. barbara, to you first, what more do we know about their protests, and how is it being handled? >> well, there are a couple of things happening here, don. some of them have regularly protested now for years, and the
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medical protocol if there is a doctor's decision, yes, they are fed through a tube. some of them have joined this hunger on and off again hunger strike recently, we're told, because of protests over searches in their living area for koran, the holy book of islam. military officials tell us only islamic personnel, translators, if you will, actually touch the korans during the searches of their cells, u.s. military personnel do not touch the koran. but this has led to some of the protests and is one of the reasons behind the growing hunger strike. >> sunny, to you now, if a prisoner wants to refuse food, is that not their legal right and how are the rules any different in guantanamo? >> this is a really complicated issue, because, you know, these detainees are not american citizens, they are not prisoners of war in the traditional sense, they are not criminals in the usual sense.
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so, their controversial status, i think, makes the analysis a bit difficult. really, they fall under the department of defense policy, and the department of defense says it's their obligation to sustain the life and health of those that are under their custody, but the department of defense also says really that they are complying with the geneva convention and with u.s. law and i will tell you if these prisoners were, let's say, in a federal prison guided under u.s. law, most of the courts, the few courts that have dealt with this issue, have found force feeding constitutional. and so, again, i think it's their controversial status that makes this such a very difficult issue. just because you're a prisoner does not mean that you give up all of your constitutional rights. but again, the department of defense says, yeah, that they are complying with u.s. law, as well as their own policy. >> barbara starr, sunny hostin, thanks to both of you. we have breaking news to tell you about. i'm getting word the man
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that anymore. sunday marks the 40th anniversary of pink floyd's "dark side of the moon," one of the most commercially successful albums of all times, also one of the 25 recordings that were just added to the library of congress as part of the national recording registry. 40 years, my goodness. getting old. each year the library of congress chooses 25 recordings it says has cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance in the u.s. also making the cut this year, the bee gees sound track to "saturday night fever," which casted the disco fever and turned john travolta into a star. and the long-running broadway musical "south pacific." julie weiner, blogger for "vanity fair" magazine. julie, you weren't around during "dark side of the moon." let's turn to some of this year's highlights, a lot of popular music represented but
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also live radio broadcasts announcing the d-day invasion. what stands out to you? >> what stands out to me? i was glad, even though i was not around when it was released, but simon and garfunkle "sounds of silence" was included. it's a classic album i love. the ramones was interesting, that's the music i prefer. i was very happy with this year's choices. >> cool. and the twist, i think, was around before both of us added to the registry, as well, play a clip of dick clark and american bandstand from the 1960s. ♪ come on baby and do the twist ♪ we also mentioned "south pacific," a clip from the movie. ♪ i'm going to wash this man
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right out of my hair and send him on his way ♪ >> all great. kudos for the bee gees, as well, a clip from the movie that made travolta an icon. ♪ so, julie, when you're looking at all of those and listening to them, you understand why that they were added to the registry. >> because they are of cultural, historic, and aesthetic significance, and they are added to preserve them for future generations so people like me can listen and understand why they were a big deal at the time they were released and why they reflected something about america's cultural history. >> not only about america's history, but all three are completely different. it reflects the culture at the time they were released. >> exactly. so, you have to wonder what will be included ten years from now when the things this year are eligible to be included, maybe justin bieber, i don't know. >> we shall see.
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julie weiner of "vanity fair," thank you very much. >> thank you. >> all right. up next, news on everyone and everything, including harrison ford's candid comments about his role in the next "star wars" movie. and a historic achievement for nasa. a nasa spacecraft. good news for home sales in the fastest-growing city for tech jobs. i want you to think midwest. license and registration please. what's this? uhh, it's my geico insurance id card, sir. it's digital, uh, pretty cool right?
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all right. welcome back, everyone. it is the bottom of the hour now. we're going to talk technology, some sports, business, health, science, and showbiz news. we're hitting it all right now. ♪ you like princess leah's cinnamon bun hair. for years, "star wars" fans are hungry for a trilogy, now harrison ford is hinting at an all-star comeback for episode seven. >> i think it's almost true. i think i'm looking forward to it. i'm not in the bag yet, but i think it's happening. >> disney and lucas films are reportedly in contract talks and are aiming for a 2015 release, a
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release in 2015. the auto bots and deseptembericons are back. transformers 4 will be filmed this spring in the detroit area. the state is doling out $20 million in incentives to the sci-fi movie project, which is expected to hire more than 300 local workers. stay tuned for that. a milestone for sales of previously owned homes. new information released today shows homes are selling at the strongest pace in more than three years, up 10% from one year ago. experts say it's the latest sign of a housing recovery that's been a positive force in the economy. in september 1977, nasa launched "the voyager 1" into space. during this liftoff, jimmy carter was a fledgling president, elvis presley had
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just died, and the u.s. was still reeling from the vietnam war. 35 years later, "voyager" is still up there and now is about 11 billion miles away from earth exploring a new region in our solar system known as the magnetic highway. it's now further away than any manmade project has ever been. and still going. >> i'm going to grab your iphone -- >> this is chad meyers, i'm sure you recognize him. >> this iphone has 250,000 times more storage capacity than that satellite from 1977. >> i could launch my iphone into space, is that what you're saying? i have a specific question for you about the solar system. nasa is refusing it ever left the solar system. >> right. it's on the edge. it's still going in the same direction. >> aren't we all? >> yeah, downhill. nasa is waiting for the magnetic
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field to change. it knows the solar field that comes out of the sun has now stopped. it knows it's almost into intercellar space but not quite there. maybe a couple more months until it gets out of the solar system. >> what's it doing? >> sending back stuff. >> really, even with that little storage capacity? >> it's so far away now, it takes 17 hours. once it sends the signal, it takes 17 hours to get to the earth. >> like dialing up -- hey, mom, i'm on the internet, get off the phone. what kind of condition? >> fine, power lasts until 2020, good seven more years. hey, what's that doing out there from some other solar system. >> you remember this? i do too. elvis, jimmy carter. yeah, yeah. >> cable was just starting up. i digress, thank you, chad
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myerss. appreciate it. tech jobs are turning up in unexpected places. yes, new york, silicon valley, washington, d.c., are still the top places for i.t. jobs, but the biggest growth area for a tech job is st. louis. tech openings are up 25% in the past year and the pay is rising, too. also on the list, scarlet, austin, and phoenix. now you know. he was a first round draft pick of the houston rockets, but royce white was different than any other player drafted that year, not for anything he did on the basketball court. white admitted he had an anxiety disorder and was scared to fly. now he says the nba and the rockets are turning their backs with people with mental disorders. here's here life and we're going to talk to him coming up. [ male announcer ] need help keeping your digestive balance in sync? try align. it's the number one ge recommended probiotic
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got a little banking lesson for you today and it may change the way you think about your
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financial institution, from the cnn money newsroom in new york, this is your money. banks make loans, but some of the loans they make may seem unfair to people. but banking at its best works like this. i can describe it with three numbers, 3, 6, 3. bank brings it in at 3%, lends it out at 6%, and the banker is on the golf course by 3:00 p.m. but banks are trapping customers in payday loans and respond by saying these loans are supposed to be used for short-term emergencies but customers are getting trapped in a cycle of repeat loans, leading to hundreds of dollars in debt. the average payday bor rower spend six months with some form of payday loan debt. these are not shady banks, these are coming from major banks, banks like wells fargo, regents bank, guaranty bank.
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along with those names come a fancy price. the average apr between 225% and 300%. the average loan term, though, is about 12 days. you're getting this money until your next paycheck comes in, borrowers are paying $7.50 for every $100 that they borrow. here's how it works. customers take out a loan from the bank, get that money from the bank, the bank puts the money into the customer's account. when the customer gets a paycheck or a government benefit check, the bank pays itself back from the account, regardless of whether the customer actually has enough money in the account, that can often lead to overdrawn accounts and more fees. regulators say they are worried about these kinds of loans, but so far haven't taken action to put a stop to them. regents bank responded to us saying they offer these loans because customers were getting them elsewhere anyway and preferred to get them from
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regents, which offers the loans at a substantially lower rate than competitors do. here's my take, banking, like any business that involves customer transactions is a buyer beware business. if you need a loan in advance of your paycheck, take a good look at the fine print of those loans. people benefit from them, even if it costs them a lot of money. keep an eye out for whether the rules on that change. i want to tell you another story we're following now, lulu lemon had a bit of a transparency problem, shall we say. several styles of popular women's yoga pants are being taken off the shelves because they are too sheer, too see through, but now there's buzz this may not be that big of a problem, might have even been marketing genius. fewer pants, higher demand. the company says it expects a drop in sales next quarter because people really like these products and if they can't keep them on the shelves, people aren't buying them.
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the company released its earnings report this morning, it beat estimates with a 48% jump in profits compared to the same time last year, lululemon talked about the product recall, but this stock has done very, very well over the last year. it's had some problems and has been unsteady, but let me show you the past three years with this stock, canadian company, a lot of people call it lulu. the stock's up 220% in the past three years. stores are packed with the kinds of customers every retailer wants, loyal shoppers with money to spend on clothes that make them look and feel great. not just saying this because i own a couple pieces of their clothing or because they are headquarters in my home country of canada, it's a company that's cheap, matters to moms and dads, younger and older generations, as well as investors, obviously, and the casual business observer, as well. the latest product recall may have hurt the company's stock in
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this is cnn breaking news. >> this is a breaking news. we have just learned a judge threw out the case against david ranta. he was convicted of killing rabbi chaskel werzberger, he was a champion for auschwitz. the rabbi was gunned down by a robber. here's the judge's ruling minutes ago. >> it's clear that the effects of this case have been devastating, not only to mr. ranta and his family, but to rabbi werzberger, his family, and his community. i don't want to lose sight of the impact this has had on all parties. mr. ranta, to say i'm sorry for what you have endured would be an understatement and grossly inadequate, but i say it to you anyway.
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based on the papers before this court and the record made here today, it's okay, the defendant's motion to vacate the judgment of conviction is granted. [ applause ] >> i'm overwhelmed. i'd just like to say thank you to everyone here in supporting me on this. as i said from the beginning, i had nothing to do with this case. there will be as much paperwork as you need on this case and make your own decisions. >> how do you feel about what's happened to you, are you angry today, or not? >> right now i feel like i'm on the water swimming, so i can't really just be honest with an answer, because this is overwhelming. >> do you have any one thing you want to do?
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>> yeah. get the hell out of here. >> that was a good answer. mary snow was in the courtroom and is live now in brooklyn. mary, probably the best answer that he could have given, i'm going to get the hell out of here right now. how did all this come about? >> reporter: well, don, it was so emotional in that courtroom. even the judge was crying, and this came about two years ago, a witness who had identified david ranta in a lineup contacted his attorney to say he was 13 years old at the time of that lineup, and this has been weighing on him, and he told the attorney that he had been told by a police detective, in his words, to pick the guy with the big nose, that he had been told who to pick in that lineup. and then a unit of the brooklyn d.a.s office, the attorney had to relay that information to the
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unit of the d.a.'s office, they began investigating, and two years later this conviction was overturned. the first attorney for david ranta said that he thought that he might spend the rest of his life and he may die in prison. he said he felt he always believed in his innocence, but they had tried to overturn this conviction in the past, there was an attempt in 1996, and that failed. and today, david ranta's family showed up. he has three children. he is a grandfather, two of his sisters were here in court. they were just overwhelmed after seeing him walk out after 23 years in prison and don, he walked out with a small bag of his belongings, a mesh bag with things that were put in there, and he got into a car with his attorney and drove off a short while ago. >> mary, when you think about it, he's been in prison since
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1991. many of the people we work with weren't even alive back in 1991. you think about what you were doing, that is a long time to spend locked up for something you didn't do. >> reporter: yeah. his attorney pointed out after he came out of court, he said, you know, the berlin wall had just fallen, it was a very different world and so much has changed. and all that time, you know, david ranta was locked up and now his parents also died in that time. >> the rabbi's family, anyone in court or talking about this? >> reporter: a representative, and i just spoke with him, and he actually stopped david ranta when he walked out of the courtroom, i said, what did you say to him? he wanted to know was he an accomplice, no, he was not. he said he was going to go back and tell the family, you know, he's very confused. and this was a very painful thing, because the question
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remains, who did kill the rabbi, and after 23 years, he says, just as confused as when it happened. >> mary snow, thank you very much. we'll be following this story on cnn. stay tuned. again, our thanks to mary snow. next, an nba player drafted by the houston rockets. he told them he had an anxiety disorder and was scared to fly and saying they are turning their backs on people with mental disorder. we are live and going to talk to him coming up. [ man ] i got this citi thankyou card and started
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rockets select royce white of iowa state university. >> the rockets provided a bus for him but he needed more which led to white butting heads with management. he was suspended, then reinstated to play for houston's d league affiliate the rio grande valley vipers. then today white tweeted this. he says have been advised by our team physician it is most logical i be in houston the remainder of the season. thank you rgv vipers for having me. royce white joins me now from houston abalso with me is psychologist eric fisher. we'll talk to both men. first to royce, thanks for being here. royce, you say you're not going to be on the roster for houston. why are you leaving the vipers then? >> one of the things always needed with anxiety or people who deal with anxiety is routine and normalcy and a sense of
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comfort and belonging, you. the setup in mcallen surely doesn't promote that just from an aspect of having to live out of a hotel for an elongated period of time. there are also other things that were talked about at the time that our latest deal was done in terms of mental health that, you know, there are some issues on the table that need to be addressed and we're calling this as a time to address them. >> okay. the rockets have yet to respond to your leaving the vipers but the team said this back in january. they said this has truly been a learning process for all parties. we remain fully committed to providing royce with the appropriate support he needs to ensure his success on and off the basketball court. what did you need from the rockets that you did not receive? >> well, you know, it's a very dynamic situation i think when you talk about a corporation and dealing with mental health and
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it's a very advanced human relations type of thing. you know, really what's most needed with any mental health situation is recognition, a, and then a level of understanding and a willingness to learn. and i think at times we all, you know, have trouble with those things because, you know, something like mental health is very new for the nba and dealing with it out front as we try to, so, you know, the things that i needed were really tough things that i asked for and i admit that. but at the same time they're things that need to be done and sometimes what needs to be done is really tough. >> what were those things? >> you know, we asked that it be recognized. that mental health be respected on the same umbrella as other health conditions and also that doctors be the ones that take the lead in deciding how to proceed if ever there is an issue that involves mental health. we take the control away from the people whose interest is obviously basketball and money.
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>> okay. >> and -- i want to get to dr. fisher quickly but hang on. i want to know, what weren't you receiving from them? because if you look at that statement they said they went -- it's what they're -- appears they're saying they went above and beyond to accommodate you. what weren't you getting? >> well, again, i think it's just recognition and respect of mental health and how dynamic it is in the workplace and what kind of things are needed to support that. >> why is it important, doctor, that he get those things, he receives the help, management of his anxiety disorder and the recognition? >> he made some great points. having consistency, having structure, having support are huge issues to deal with. anxiety. what i say is that the core of an anxiety disorder is a feeling of helplessness. whether the onset is genetic in nature which sometimes they are or whether there are life experiences that may feed that. we have to do what we can do to help that person feel -- >> is there a --
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>> it's decreasing but in some ways there are and depending upon the culture and of the nba or professional sports where you're supposed to be strong in mind, body, and spirit they don't understand sharing those weaknesses is really strength. i'm running out of time. do you think they would have been more accommodating or had recognized, some people say if you had been a better player you'd have gotten what you wanted. what do you say to them? it's obvious professional sports are a player commodity weak and i think the help and service they provide have a lot to do with money and a lot to do, you. players with their monetary value, and i think it's only obvious that that would be the case. and, you know, that's not a bad or good thing. it just represents a different dynamic in trying to go forward with support. >> royce, best of luck to you. thank you for joining us. dr. fisher, thank you. we appreciate you coming in as well. up next tina fey mauking
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